Language courses in the spring semester 2021

This page informs you about current measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. FAQs and answers can be found at the bottom of the page. The information is updated regularly; the most recent update was on 11 May 2021.

The semester courses in FS 2021 will generally continue to be held digitally. Individual sessions may be held in presence by agreement of course lecturers and participants in compliance with the protection concept. Students who need a room to follow an online event on campus should contact info-sprachenzentrum@clutterunibas.ch.

The exams will take place as planned in presence.

Language courses in the fall semester 2021

In the fall semester 2021, intensive courses (6 to 17 September) will take place digitally.

Should the progress of the pandemic allow it, semester courses (that start from 24 September onwards) will once again be held regularly on site according to the directives of the Corona Task Force of the University of Basel. The course type can change at any time (digital ⇔ on site), a change about which course participants will be informed by e-mail. Please note that some courses are digital only regardless of the pandemic situation. The individual course announcements indicate whether a course is envisaged to be conducted digitally or face-to-face. Pay attention to the designation DIGITAL. Courses announced as digital are bindingly conducted as such.

The exams will take place in presence.

In the past semesters we have experienced that lively language learning can also succeed digitally. Zoom – the video conferencing software provided by the University – offers many helpful functions for interactive communication-oriented language learning that also involves group work. Digital teaching helps us to master the current exceptional situation in the best possible way in order to continue offering a wide range of courses in a large variety of languages.

The measures formulated here have been developed in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Education.

The ability of our participants to study is very important to us: we want to create optimal conditions for them to learn languages in virtual classrooms. Below you will find constantly updated information and tips on how course participants can master these challenges and benefit from the courses. Help us make digital teaching succeed!

Please note our registration deadlines. Our courses have to be cost-neutral. To offer you a wide range of courses, we need your registration within the registration deadlines.

Recommendation

  • Please carefully read our FAQs on distance learning, registration and de-registration conditions, assessment of required coursework, and technical support.
  • The Language Center recommends the use of the SwissCovid app and is committed to the necessary hygiene measures and tracing.
  • Participants are advised to regularly consult our website and their emails.

FAQ

What should I understand by a course that is conducted digitally?

Digitally conducted language courses comprise a combination of lessons in Zoom at the specified course time and autonomous learning. The lecturer determines the exact format of the individual teaching units. The instruction includes training and training of communicative skills, group work and support by the lecturer.

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What do I need to attend a digital course?

You need a computer with a microphone, speakers and camera, a stable Internet connection as well as a quiet place to work.

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My language course will be conducted digitally. How can I prepare myself?
  • Find a quiet place with a stable Internet connection, where you can participate in lessons using a computer with a microphone, speakers and camera.
  • Before the start of the course, the lecturer will give you all the necessary information to access the course.
  • Test your computer's microphone, speakers and camera in advance, including how to de/activate them.
  • Ensure that the power supply of the computer is guaranteed.
  • Use headphones if there is noise.
  • Join the course a few minutes before the start and check that everything works.
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Which video conferencing tool is used?
  • The University of Basel provides Zoom as video conferencing software.
  • Participants receive the link to the course directly from the lecturer.
  • The first time the link is opened, Zoom is automatically installed on the computer. The program can be uninstalled at the end of the semester.
  • Participants do not need an own Zoom account to attend the course.
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Are the classroom sessions recorded?

• The sessions are generally not recorded.
• Should participants wish to have a recording and everyone agrees to it, this is possible in consultation with the lecturer.

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I would like to do homework and/or practice with other course participants outside the lessons. How can I do this?
  • Arrange yourself in the lesson with others who are interested.Unibas members can find an overview of suitable tools here: https://edutools.unibas.ch/de/uebersicht-tools-2/.
  • Students and staff of the University of Basel have unrestricted use of Zoom.
  • All course participants can create a free account in Zoom to hold 40-minute meetings: https://zoom.us/.
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In response to the corona pandemic I am deployed in a hospital and/or in the military. A maximum of two absences from my course is allowed; I will, however, be absent more often. Can I still attend the course?

If you already know before registration that you will be absent frequently, we recommend that you attend the course in another semester. During the corona pandemic, additional unavoidable absences may be compensated after consultation with the lecturer. This includes:

  • illness
  • hospital deployment
  • military deployment
  • university reasons (e.g. a one-time compulsory course, conference).

Please inform your lecturer that you will be absent repeatedly and discuss with them how to compensate for the missed lessons.

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I belong to a risk group or am in quarantine and my course is conducted on site. What can I do?

We seek to facilitate course participation for those who cannot attend lessons on site due to the corona pandemic.
Students who are particularly at risk or in quarantine should also be able to acquire credit points, e.g. by means of supplementary examinations or alternative coursework.

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I am required to deliver a presentation as part of my course but sometimes have technical problems. What can I do?

Please arrange with the lecturer in which format you can deliver the presentation (e.g. as part of a Zoom session or as a pre-recorded video that is played in a Zoom session). Ensure that your technology works at least two weeks before the presentation. Should you encounter technical problems, please contact info-sprachenzentrum@unibas.ch for assistance.

 

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I have problems with my internet connection during the lessons. What can I do?

• Sometimes it can help to restart the computer, use a different browser, and/or reconnect to the meeting.
• Please inform the lecturer immediately if technical problems hinder you from following the lessons via Zoom.
• Or request your Internet provider to check the connection, modem and router.

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The sound quality in Zoom is poor. What can I do?
  • Please inform the lecturer immediately, e.g. by raising your hand. Agree on communication codes in the group to signal problems.
  • Find a quiet place to work.
  • Smaller rooms have less echo.
  • Try using headphones to improve the quality.
  • Switch off the microphone when it is not necessary, e.g. when someone else is speaking for a longer time.
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I am not good with technology. How can I get support?

Please contact info-sprachenzentrum@unibas.ch. The administrative team will seek to assist you or support you to find assistance.

 

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Do I need a camera on the computer to participate in the course?

Yes; if you do not have a device with a camera, please contact us (info-sprachenzentrum@clutterunibas.ch).

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I would like to send a larger file to my course instructor and/or to the other course participants. How can I do this?
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The learning platform ADAM is used in my course. I am repeatedly and over a longer period unable to log in to ADAM. What can I do?

The login to ADAM requires a SWITCH-edu-ID. If you do not have access, please contact info-sprachenzentrum@unibas.ch. We will ensure a rapid response to the problem.

 

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